Lynn Groll, Tony Haynes and Andrew Mickey look back at week 3, hand out Offensive Player of the Week to Otsego’s Trent Leiter and co-Blockhead of the Week to Leiter and Columbus Grove’s AJ Schafer.
Lynn Groll, Tony Haynes and Andrew Mickey recap week 1 from the area while handing out Offensive Player of the Week to Jonas Tester of Wauseon and Blockhead of the Week to Liberty Center’s Owen Box! They also predict week 2 of the area high school football scene!
Hicksville head coach Lucas Smith touches base on the start of the season. Click on audio link: Related News News and Podcast
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Defiance County rivals Tinora and Hicksville will tee up the pigskin on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the D-VI playoffs four weeks after a 41-0 Rams’ win at Aces’ Field.
Hicksville mentor Lucas Smith is hopeful his team has improved enough to make the rematch much more interesting.
“I know we are different, we have improved and are excited for the opportunity,” explained Smith. “Tinora also tends to get better as the season progresses. I’m hoping that our two extra games have helped us identify weakness and areas of improvement.”
The Division VI, Region 22 playoffs will get underway for the Aces of Hicksville on their home turf Saturday night against Woodmore.
The 3-3 Aces face a 1-5 Wildcats’ squad
“Don’t let their record fool you,” stressed Hicksville leadman Lucas Smith. “They might be the best 1-5 team in the state, they have size, speed and talent. They play a tough schedule and so we have to have a great week of practice and play to our potential if we want to move on and play Tinora the following week.”
Woodmore’s lone win came against 0-6 Fostoria, 43-36.
D-VI Region 22 Playoff Projections
A pair of GMC neighbors head into the second Friday of the season with aspirations of a 2-0 start when Fairview makes the short jaunt west to tangle with Hicksville.
Fairview was impressive in a 47-0 thumping of Wayne Trace in week 1 while Hicksville battled adversity to outlast host Edgerton, 22-4.
“It was an incredible effort and gutsy performance by our kids,” remarked Hicksville leadman Lucas Smith. “We lost two starters right before kickoff, only had a rotation of 12 kids, gave up a TD on the first play of the game, had two turnovers, committed 14 penalties for 105 yards and still found a way to win. I’ve never had a team overcome so much adversity in a matter of a few hours. It speaks volumes about the type of kids we have on this team and the way they were raised.”
At “The Reservation,” the Apaches had no trouble with Wayne Trace.
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